Tuesday, November 29, 2016

PD in your PJs - December 2016

December 2016 Professional Development


Title:  Beyond the Hour of Code: Implementation for All
  • Organization: edWeb.net
  • Date: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
  • Description:  Schools throughout the world participate in the Computer Science Education Week’s #HourofCode, which will take place in 2016 from December 5th to 9th. Unfortunately, many schools don’t move beyond that hour. As stakeholders in providing the best educational experiences to prepare students for tomorrow, it is imperative that we move “Beyond the Hour of Code” and truly integrate coding into the daily instruction for all. Join Bryan and his special guest to learn more about:
    • Creating a maker culture in your schools and beyond
    • Using computer science for inquiry-based learning and integrating computer science with all subject areas
    • What district administration can do to empower teachers to bring computer science into the school day
    • How to create coding/robotics electives and after school clubs
    • Where teachers can find curriculum to use year-round
  • Link: http://home.edweb.net/webinar/beyond-hour-code-implementation/
Title:  Now I Have to Teach Coding? A Beginner’s Guide
  • Organization: edWeb.net
  • Date: Tuesday, December 08, 2016 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST
  • Description:  With the literacy of coding emerging as a “must” of 21st-Century learning, our already complex jobs suddenly seem to be getting more complicated. Teachers, however, don’t have to be masters of JavaScript or Ruby to give students the tools they need. Concepts like computational and design thinking, or connecting to the language of code to solve problems and create content, don’t have to be as complicated (or intimidating) as they sound. This webinar will focus on ways you can start incorporating these elements into your classes without having to attend a three-month coding boot camp first yourself. James Denby and Robin Ulster will share:
  • Accessible tools
  • A problem-solving approach
  • Strategies to inspire and challenge students (and yourself) to approach problems like coders
  • Link: http://home.edweb.net/webinar/now-teach-coding-beginners-guide/
  •  Title:  Refining Learning with Microsoft Classroom
    • Organization: SimpleK12
    • Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST
    • Description: Would you like to make the workflow in your classroom more efficient, while enhancing student learning, collaboration, and technology skills? Microsoft Classroom uses Office 365 to provide a platform for learning, collaboration, and resource management within the modern teaching environment. Join Tiffany Thompson as she shares how Microsoft Classroom streamlines work by giving teachers the ability to distribute, collect, and grade assignments within Office 365. She will explore features such as conversations, class notebooks, shared files, and embedded content, and show how Classroom is available anywhere, anytime through any web browser. Tiffany will also explain why it is the perfect learning management tool for novice or veteran, tech challenged or expert educators. Come discover why Microsoft Classroom is the ideal environment for online, flipped, or blended learning classes, as well as for redefining learning and helping students build ICT skills.
    • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2590
    Title:  12 Tech Tools for Your Classroom
    • Organization: SimpleK12
    • Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST
    • Description: Would you like some new ways to promote creativity, collaboration, communication, culture, and curriculum in your classroom? Join Microsoft Fellow Todd Beard as he unwraps some presents that will make every teacher joyous – during the holiday season and throughout the year! Todd will share 12 tech tools that he uses to build a community of educators, parents, and students from every grade level. He will explain the function of each tool and share classroom tips for using tools such as Microsoft Snip, Minecraft, Excel Survey, FluidMath, Nearpod, and many more!
    • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2589
    • Title:  The Best Ways to Use Chromebooks in Your Classroom
      • Organization: SimpleK12
      • Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm EST
      • Description: Join Simplek12 for this amazing line-up of information-packed webinars for teachers by teachers!
        • 10:00 am – 10:30 am EST: Chromebooks 101: An Intro to Using Chromebooks in the Classroom
        • 11:00 am – 11:30 am EST: Free Chrome Apps and Extensions to Help You Save Time and Increase Productivity
        • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm EST: Help Students Take Ownership, Create, Share, and Reflect with Chromebooks and Chrome Apps
        • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST: Easy Student Collaboration Using Chromebooks
        • 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST: Around the World in Eighty Days: Virtual Field Trips on Your Chromebook
        • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST:  Flipping Your Class with Video and Live Streaming from YouTube Live
      • Link: https://simplek12.leadpages.co/event-12-17/?cc=website-sk12-upcoming.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

THE THURSDAY 3

Favorite finds from around the web. 




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Teaching students to think independently is tough to do. Here are 6 strategies to try.





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Some library makerspaces consist of board games and maker "kits." Is this really making?